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this morning, breaking news. another general's bombshell. the david petraeus probe snags america's top commander in afghanistan. >> general john allen is under investigation for sending what could be tens of thousands of inappropriate documents to a woman at the center of the petraeus scandal. and as the widening scandal spreads to general allen, fbi agents swoop down on the home of the biographer who had that affair with petraeus. and wanted man. police on the hunt for software pioneer, john mcafee. with questions about the murder of his next door neighbor. and brace for landing. the jet that ran out of runway and careened straight toward a busy highway. a camera capturing this very close call. good tuesday morning. we have a lot to sort through.
a new bombshell in the growing scandal surrounding david petraeus. the man who replaced him as the top commander in afghanistan is now under investigation by the pentagon. >> general john allen is said to have sent thousands of inappropriate e-mails to jill kelly. she is the florida woman whose complaints to the fbi eventually led to petraeus' resignation. in a new twist to the david petraeus sex scandal, the pentagon now says that the top american commander in afghanistan, general john allen, is under investigation, for allegedly sending improper e-mails to jill kelly. kelly is the florida woman who triggered the investigation that ultimately forced petraeus to resign. the pentagon is reviewing between 20,000 and 30,000 documents involved. allen, meanwhile, denies any wrongdoing and remains in his current position. late monday, agents spent nearly five hours at the home of petraeus' former mistress, paula broadwell, leaving early this
morning with several boxes. this, after the fbi told abc news they discovered thousands of e-mails between broadwell and petraeus, detailing the affair. >> in his universe, this moral failing is unacceptable and renders him unworthy of continuing this position of responsibility for the nation. >> reporter: the affair came to light over the summer, as part of an fbi investigation that began after jill kelly received threatening e-mails she believed were from broadwell. >> the fbi, that's why they call it a preliminary investigation. and they realized they had general petraeus caught up in some fashion. and that really caused them to take it all the way through to see what they really had. >> reporter: officials say broadwell had classified material on her computer, which is illegal. but the fbi does not believe any of it came from petraeus. no charges have been filed against her. controversy over how the investigation was conducted has engulfed washington. members of congress want to know why the fbi and the attorney
general waited until this past wednesday to notify the white house. justice officials maintain there was no politics involved. our reporters, as you can imagine, have been working this story all night. we'll have a live update, coming right up. and a writer who helped paula broadwell on the petraeus biography says he was dumbfounded when news about the affair broke. vernon loeb, said his wife called him the most clueless person in america for not suspect something was going on between broadwell and the general. looking back, he says there were some red flags. >> what was a question in my mind, quite frankly, was why general petraeus was granting paula broadwell the kind of access he granted her. i never fully understood it. but i always sort of rationalized it in my own mind as something he felt he could control. i thought she was getting what other reporters could get. but she was just getting more of it.
and getting more access and more kind of close-in access than other reporters got. >> now, loeb says paula wrote him an e-mail on saturday saying, quote, we will get through this. this story continues to develop. watch "good morning america" at 7:00 a.m., for several new reports, including a closer look at the woman at the center of the scandal, paula broadwell, and what could be next for her. and turning overseas, now. new worries this morning that israel is being drawn more deeply into the civil war in syria. the israeli military says tanks scored a direct hit on syrian targets, after a stray mortar fell into the golden heights. the syrian conflict has spilled into turkey, jordan and lebanon, with deadly consequences there. this morning, secretary of state hillary clinton has arrived in australia for a
summit on strengthening defense ties and fighting cyber threats from other countries, including china. president obama travels to asia later this week for historic visits to myanmar and cambodia. former vice presidential candidate paul ryan has confirmed reports that election night results took the romney camp completely by surprise. ryan told our milwaukee station that the campaign was well-run. but in the end, it was not enough. he says reality finally sank in when they lost ohio. >> the polling we had, the numbers we were looking at, looked like we stood a pretty good chance of winning. so, when the numbers came in, you know, going the other direction, and we saw the kind of turnout that was occurring in urban areas, which were really fairly unprecedented, it did come as a bit of a shock. >> when asked about a potential future run for the white house, ryan said it was the last thing on his mind right now. he's looking forward to sleeping, probably. time, now, for this morning's weather from across the nation. it's going to be a wet day from northern california to seattle. up to half a foot of snow is expected in the cascades and northern rockies.
rain in south texas. morning frost along the gulf coast. also, chilly in the northwest. and rain along the east coast, from florida all the way to new england. >> as for temperatures, mostly 50s in the northeast. just 30s and 40s in the midwest. 75 in phoenix. and 63 in sacramento. when we come back this tuesday morning, the new pepsi that's making a bold claim, not about taste. but about health. and then, police on the hunt for software king, john mcafee, the man behind the anti-virus software, after his neighbor turns up dead. and a caught-on-camera crash landing. how could anyone walk away from this?
welcome back, everybody. there's a prediction this morning of a dramatic reversal in oil. the international energy agency predicts the u.s. will be the world's top oil producer in 5 years and will be all but self-sufficient in 20 years. all of it largely because the big increase in shale oil. the agency is predicting natural gas will become the largest single fuel in the u.s. a new report says that we are doing better at keeping up with our mortgage payments. the percentage of mortgage holders two months or more behind on their payments is now the lowest that it's been in three years. that's because the housing market is improving. and low interest rates are making it easier to refinance. the effectiveness of a top flu treatment is now being questioned. a top british medical journal says there is no evidence showing that tamiflu really
stops influenza. dozens of governments around the world stock tamiflu in case there's another global flu outbreak. the world health organization says it is convinced that tamiflu does work. but british researchers say they want to see more data. a new pepsi flavor in japan does diet soda one better. it contains dextrin that a fiber that supposedly helps reduce fat levels in the body. pepsi special, as it's called, went on sale today. in the past, pepsi has introduced flavors in japan like strawberry, salty watermelon and yogurt. this is another first. that does not sound good. >> salty watermelon? >> that's just me. >> fiber and cola. all righty, then. and a survey finds that a new video game may cause illness or at least sickout. call of duty: black ops 2 goes on sale today. it could be the biggest selling video game of the year.
the last call of duty game set the all-time record. and many who plan to buy it today say they probably will call in sick for work. it went on sale at thousands of stores. they're probably playing this right now instead of watching "america this morning." >> a sick day for a video game. well. >> it's too late for that. >> exactly. when we come back this morning, the ripple effects of the david petraeus scandal. we'll have a live report on general john allen because he is now under investigation, as well. and in "monday night football," big ben gets banged up. [ male announcer ] in a world where breakfast has become boring and tasteless... only one man can save the day. ♪ ♪ he's nutty! ♪ he's crunchy! [ male announcer ] it's crunchy nut! honey sweet flakes with nuts in every bite! ♪ he saves the day! ♪ in his tasty way! ♪
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despite the damage, the smoke, no one was killed. the pilot was injured. two passengers are, believe it or not, they are okay. with that, a look at your morning road conditions. a slick commute from new england to florida. rain soaks south texas. snow-covered passes in the cascades and northern rockies. and wet roads from seattle to northern california. >> if you're traveling, airport delays are possible in boston, new york, philadelphia and washington, d.c. and now, more details on the breaking news overnight. the top commander of afghanistan has been caught up in the scandal surrounding former cia chief, david petraeus. the pentagon is investigating general john allen for sending inappropriate e-mails to jill kelly. >> kelly, she's the florida woman who triggered the investigation, which led petraeus to step down. >> we want to get more insight on this quickly-developing story from lama hasan. she is live in our london bureau this morning.
lama, can you break down for us, exactly, how big is an investigation is this? >> reporter: well, good morning to you, rob. there are reportedly between 20,000 to 30,000 pages of e-mails and other documents from general allen's communications with jill kelly, between 2010 and 2012. and they're underreview. defense department officials will not say whether they are involved in sexual matters or whether they are thought to include unauthorized disclosures. it's not known whether david petraeus is mentioned in these e-mails. rob? >> lama, this is paula. david petraeus resigned. but general allen so far has denied wrongdoing. he is staying on the job for now. why is that? >> reporter: that's right, paula. defense secretary panetta has allowed allen to stay on in afghanistan. officials are reviewing, whatever happens is a matter of military rule, not a violation
of federal criminal law. general allen will remain in his job. but the defense secretary has asked for the general's pending nomination, as nato's top commander to europe will be delayed. rob and paula? >> thank you for sorting all of that out on this tuesday morning. thanks. a lot of layers to this story to say the least. what's making it newsworthy is what access did paula have to classified information? was national security ever at risk? that's why this is getting so much attention beyond the soap opera-like details of this. it's really the access issue and national security. >> layers, would be an understatement. >> lots of questions. another developing story overnight. the search is on for tech pioneer john mcafee, wanted for questioning in a murder. mcafee, who gave his name to the famous anti-virus software, lives in the country of belize, where his neighbor has been found shot to death. police there called the 57-year-old a person of interest
in the case. and a lot of people describe his recent behavior as eccentric. and the voice behind elmo for nearly 30 years has taken a leave of absence, amid allegations that he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy. 52-year-old kevin clash has denied the charge. but he acknowledged having a relationship with the accuser, 24, as an adult. sesame workshop says an internal investigation found the allegation unsubstantiated. things will get back to normal for drivers in new jersey who faced gas rationing after superstorm sandy. lines were hours long after the storm, when some gas stations couldn't get fuel and others didn't have the power to pump it. the governor now says the odd/even rationing that ends this morning has helped ease the crisis. well, four-time nascar champ jeff gordon has been slapped with a $100,000 fine after that deliberate wreck that sparked a massive brawl in phoenix. gordon was also docked 25 points
and placed on probation for targeting clint bowyer. members of both teams were penalized. gordon said he was fed up with bowyer but accepted responsibility for his actions. >> rough day on the track. time, now, for more sports news. we get the latest from espn news. >> good morning. i'm hakem dermish with your "sportscenter" update. we begin with "monday night football." steelers hosting the chief. big ceremony pregame to honor our veterans. third quarter, ben roethlisberger hit by houston and hali. he did not return. chiefs down 13-10. ryan succop from 46 yards out. got it. game tied at 13-13. we're going to overtime. chiefs get the ball first in o.t. matt cassel, intercepted by lawrence timmons. and the chiefs with their league-worst 30th turnover of the season. the steelers, now lining up for
the game-winning field goal. shaun suisham, from 25 yards out, it is good. pittsburgh wins 16-13 in overtime. their fourth-straight victory. nba, oklahoma city visiting detroit monday night. thunder have won seven-straight against the pistons. russell westbrook, celebrating his 21st birthday. up and in. 34 points, 10 rebounds. thuntder up, 81-79. shot clock running out. brandon knight for three. got it. pistons lead 83-81. ensuing thunder possession. kevin durant off the screen. jumper and the foul. durant and the thunder take on 84-83 lead. under a minute left. kevin durant, driving. top floert. 26 points, 9 rebounds. the pistons, 0-8, their worst start in franchise history. that's your "sportscenter" update. i'm hakem dermish. have a good day. up next, "the pulse."
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next, petraeus sex scandal explodes overnight. high ranking general pulled into the probe. >> here at home, strip club scorcher leads to the end of the line for a top bay area port official. cool temperatures, warmer afternoons. we still have a lot of rain in the forecast. >> hotain snow in the cascades and in the northern rockies. and finally from us this morning, anticipation is growing as the end of the "twilight" saga draws near. >> thousands of fans got as close as they could on the red carpet for the world premiere of "breaking dawn 2." kabc's george pennacchio was there. >> you're still here. >> so are you.
>> reporter: the whole gang is back one more time for the "twilight" saga, "breaking down 2." >> we put everything into every, single movie. but especially this last one. we pay tribute, not only to this film but to the entire franchise. i think the fans will appreciate that. >> reporter: the stars greeted the fans who lined the entrance to the theater. and some fans waited for days. >> i'm still in shock. from the first one. but just thinking how sweet everyone is this time, just showing their appreciation for the whole series. >> i'm not going to watch the movie so i can go back out. i promised the fans i would sign for them. i still haven't seen the film. i'm going to miss it again tonight. >> i think it's perfect. >> reporter: we watched much of the cast grow up in these movies. kristen stewart was 17 in the first one. she's 22 now. >> you know, this whole becoming a vampire thing is a huge metaphor for growing up. i think, even though i'm still
really young, i definitely credit "twilight" with a lot of confidence that i have. >> reporter: this is "twilight's" grand finale. but because of the scope of the final story, new characters come out to play. >> people who love this in a way that they don't love anything else. you have to realize that it's in its own contained world. and life outside of this situation is real. and this is not real. >> one major change. but i think they'll really love it. i do. i think they'll dig it. it makes it more cinematic. >> reporter: the waiting is almost over. "the twilight" saga "breaking down 2" hits theaters friday. >> i know what you'll be doing this weekend, right? >> going to see part one. that's what's making news in